I’m celebrating the rise of writers through a series of fabulous interviews. No longer will we write in isolation when we have the power of the internet to bring awareness to who we are, what we do and why we do it. Let’s get acquainted…
What do you do:
Why do you do it?
I love writing. I always have since I was about 9 years old and wrote my first short story (I was aiming for a novel). My mother would always say that I am always writing something down. Now with technology improvement it means I’m always typing!
What has been your biggest breakthrough?
Realising I can still be everything I want despite my dyslexia. Dyslexia had stopped everything for me. I understand it’s not a life-threatening disease but, to me, dyslexia was something that – at just the mention of it – was able to put all my plans on hold. To stop everything. But with friends and family by my side, I managed to publish my first ever book. And I intend to keep at it!
What has been your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge was when I found out I had dyslexia in my first year of university. My confidence was knocked. I became so paranoid and stressed that I focused on finishing my work within the first month of the semester, and spent the rest of the time checking and editing and changing it. The first draft was never the same as the last.
What is your favourite book and why?
I don’t really read that often. With dyslexia, I find it quiet hard. I often find myself going over the same page several times because I have either missed or misread word, or I simply missed the point. But I feel my heart jump with happiness when I finally find a dyslexia-friendly book (like my own Across The Seas).
What are your three tips for aspiring writers?
1. It’s okay to take a break from writing. Being a good writer does not mean writing all the time.
2. Don’t be afraid to write other things. Practice is good. But it doesn’t have to be in your genre. You could venture anywhere.
3. Tumblr is the best place to practice. I recommend opening a Tumblr account and writing fan fiction. It’s fun, it’s easier. It’s good practice for your main writing skills.
Where can readers connect with you?